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Building on the work the Mercy Foundation has done in NSW over the past 3 years to address state based issues related to growing numbers of older women experiencing homelessness, in late 2017 the Mercy Foundation brought together a national group to examine the same concerns.
This new national working group is made up of policy leaders, expert practitioners and senior academic researchers from every State and the ACT. The group aims to identify, consider, advocate and develop national policy solutions to address the needs of older women living with housing insecurity and homelessness in Australia.
Members of the working group include the CEOs of Women’s Housing Company, Women’s Property Initiatives, Home at Last, Shelter SA, YWCA Canberra, Equality Rights Alliance, Micah Projects and the Mercy Foundation. Also on the group are two academics, from the University of Queensland and the University of Adelaide as well as two aged care and health system experts from Western Australia.